LOWELL — In the latest blow to summer staples in the Merrimack Valley, the Mill City’s annual July Fourth celebration has been canceled.
The yearly event, which typically includes family activities, entertainment and a fireworks display, has drawn standing-room only crowds to LeLacheur Park in the past. In light of social distancing guidelines and restrictions placed around gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, several other popular local events have opted to cancel this summer, including the Lowell Folk Festival and Lowell Summer Music Series.
“Lowell’s July Fourth celebration is a quintessential aspect of summertime in the city that families eagerly look forward to each year, making the decisions to cancel the event a particularly difficult one,” City Manager Eileen Donoghue said in a news release. “Despite the disappointment that comes with this decision, we believe it is necessary to ensure the safety of our community. We are hopeful that the difficult sacrifices that we are asking residents to make now will enable us to more quickly arrive at a point where we can safely resume celebrating all there is to like about Lowell together.”
According to the release, the city is closely monitoring the public health crisis and is also working to support residents, businesses and cultural communities through the outbreak.
“We look forward with hope that we can return to some level of events and creative normalcy this fall and to a fully scheduled and fabulous 2021,” Henri Marchand, director of cultural affairs and special events, said in the release.
On Tuesday, officials announced the cancellations of the Lowell Summer Music Series, which was set to kick off June 20, and Lowell Folk Festival, in late July. It would have been the festival’s 34th consecutive event.